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Prevocational Medical training

The Council has implemented a series of changes to prevocational medical training requirements for doctors in New Zealand.

In November 2014 new requirements were introduced for prevocational medical training for interns (graduates of New Zealand and Australian accredited medical schools and doctors who have passed the NZREX Clinical examination). Implementation of the changes were staged with the first changes taking effect in November 2014 and the remaining changes were implemented in November 2015. The changes aim to improve patient safety and the performance of doctors through providing high quality learning.

Policy on Prevocational medical training

Download Policy on prevocational medical training 

Prevocational medical training requirements

Prevocational training - PGY1/PGY2 & NZREX requirements

Accreditation reports: Prevocational medical training

Accreditation reports can be found here.

Changes to prevocational medical training

Prevocational Medical Training Implementation Review Report

The Medical Council of New Zealand is pleased to be able to publish an independent report on a review of the implementation of changes to the New Zealand Prevocational Medical Training Programme.

You can find the report below, alongside a preface from Council Chairman, Mr Andrew Connolly.

Download Prevocational Medical Training Implementation Review Report (December 2017, PDF, 5.12 MB)

In March 2018, the Prevocational Implementation Review Group met to review Council’s progress with implementing the recommendations from their report. Their report can be found below. 

Download Report of the Prevocational Implementation Review Group - May 2018 (Thursday, 9 August 2018, PDF, 1 KB)

The Medical Council commenced a review of prevocational training requirement for doctors in New Zealand in 2011. Implementation of new requirements commenced in November 2014. Malatest International have been contracted to collect baseline data. The report Establishing a Prevocational Training Baseline (February 2015) has now been released.

Baseline data

Following the review of prevocational training requirements for doctors in New Zealand in 2011, changes to prevocational medical training requirements commenced November 2014. Malatest International collected baseline data and its report, Establishing a Prevocational Training Baseline (February 2015) is available below.

Download report from Malatest International Establishing a Prevocational Training Baseline

Glossary of prevocational medical training words and phrases

Download Glossary (8/20/2014, PDF, 285 KB)

Consultation & feedback

Download Report on the feedback and decisions following the consultation of: A review of prevocational training requirements for doctors in New Zealand: Stage 2 (Aug 2013, PDF, 1 KB)

Download A Review of prevocational training requirements for doctors in New Zealand: Stage 2 (Feb 2013, PDF, 1 KB)

Download A review of prevocational training requirements for doctors in New Zealand: Stage 1 (May 2011, PDF, 1 KB)

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